Karen Bennett

Greetings from the Chattanooga, Ohio, area. Yes, Ohio has its very own Chattanooga, aka Chatt, a small village in west-central Ohio, near the Indiana border. I have been doing family history research for over 20 years and am a Board-Certified genealogist, certified by the Board for Certification of GenealogistsĀ®. My main genealogical interests are family research, cemetery research, and historical and genealogical research of the Chatt area, with a focus on two area Lutheran Churches, both named Zion Lutheran, one in Chatt and the other in Schumm, Ohio. Family names I am researching include Miller, Schumm, Brewster, Rueck, Reid, Headington, Huey, Bryan, Whiteman, Schinnerer, Scaer, Breuninger, Bennett, and a few others. I belong to several lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, First Families of Ohio, and First Families of Mercer and Van Wert Counties. I am also a retired dental hygienist and our church organist. I hope you enjoy Karen's Chatt.

Most commented posts

  1. Haunted Mercer County? — 30 comments
  2. The Old Willshire Hotel — 28 comments
  3. Florence (Schumm) Miller (1929-2016) — 21 comments
  4. Metal Cemetery Monuments — 21 comments
  5. Genealogy Roadshow to Debut — 18 comments

Author's posts

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! This past week I learned a couple new definitions for this specific time of year.

Tombstone Tuesday-Aaron L. & Glendora (Stump) Allmandinger

This is the tombstone of Aaron L. and Glendora (Stump) Allmandinger, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Today I am re-posting a blog I wrote several years ago, the story of the first time I heard the beautiful Christmas song Mary, Did You Know.

Tombstone Tuesday-Dash Meaning

We took a little vacation to Holmes County a couple weeks ago. The weather was pretty nice for December and while there we took the time to visit one of my favorite cemeteries, West Lawn Cemetery, in Baltic, Tuscarawas County.

1909 Christmas Greeting to Effie Morrison

Sending Christmas greeting cards has been a tradition since the 1840s and Christmas postcards were certainly popular in this area in the early 1900s. This is another Christmas postcard, postmarked Willshire, Ohio, December 23, 1909. It is addressed to Mrs. Effie Morrison, Willshire, O.